Open in the App Open in the App Open in the App
Get the key ideas from

Alexander the Great

The Macedonian who conquered the world

By Philip Freeman
21-minute read
Audio available
Alexander the Great by Philip Freeman

The eponymous hero of Alexander the Great (2011) is remembered as one of the greatest military commanders who ever lived. Setting out from Greece at the age of 21, Alexander waged a ten-year campaign, during which he defeated the Persian Achaemenids and, in so doing, created the largest empire the world had ever seen. By spreading Greek culture and language throughout Eurasia, his legacy remained influential for centuries after.

  • People interested in how Greek culture became so dominant
  • History buffs interested in military strategy
  • Students of ancient history

Philip Freeman is a professor of classics at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and is a respected and renowned author. His numerous books include Julius Caesar and St. Patrick of Ireland.

Go Premium and get the best of Blinkist

Upgrade to Premium now and get unlimited access to the Blinkist library. Read or listen to key insights from the world’s best nonfiction.

Upgrade to Premium

What is Blinkist?

The Blinkist app gives you the key ideas from a bestselling nonfiction book in just 15 minutes. Available in bitesize text and audio, the app makes it easier than ever to find time to read.

Discover
2,500+ top
nonfiction titles

Get unlimited access to the most important ideas in business, investing, marketing, psychology, politics, and more. Stay ahead of the curve with recommended reading lists curated by experts.

Created with Sketch.